The Seduction of the Occult and the Rise of the Fantastic Tale

Forsideomslag
Stanford University Press, 2003 - 289 sider
The emergence of the fantastic tale in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries reflects a growing fascination with the supernatural, the marvelous, and the occult as the site for literary innovation. Taking Jacques Cazotte's prototypical The Devil in Love as a starting point, this book examines the genre's early development in the fantastic tales of the German romantics Ludwig Tieck, Achim von Arnim, and E. T. A. Hoffmann; the subsequent French rediscovery of the genre in works by Théophile Gautier and Prosper Mérimée; and Edgar Allan Poe's contributions to the new literary form.

The literary innovation of the fantastic tale contributed to the production of a mode of subjectivity intrinsic to the history of sexuality. It arose at a moment in the history of communication when similarity and perfect openness were no longer considered the unquestioned basis of friendship or love, when the other's potentially dark secrets became seductive and fascinating.

 

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Indhold

The Fantastic in the Cultural History of Reading
18
The Aesthetics of Shock and the Poetics of the Perverse
58
The Power of the Artist
109
Artificial Paradise and the Medial Woman
148
Fantastic Encounters with the Marvels of History
197
Epilogue or Turning the Screw from Shock to Fascination
244
Notes
257
Works Cited
273
Index
282
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Om forfatteren (2003)

Dorothea E. von Mücke is Professor of German at Columbia University. She is the author of Virtue and the Veil of Illusion: Generic Innovation and the Pedagogical Project in Eighteenth-Century Literature (Stanford, 1991) and the coeditor (with Veronica Kelly) of Body and Text in the Eighteenth Century (Stanford, 1994).

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